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Here’s my post

I think about cryptography. Here’s what I think.
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Blog Assignment #1

For your first blog assignment, write a post between 200 and 400 words that responds to the following question: On page 15 of The Code Book, author Simon Singh writes, “Cryptanalysis could not be invented until a civilization had reached … Continue reading Continue reading

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Fall 2012 Edition

Welcome to the course blog for Math 115F: Cryptography, the first-year writing seminar I teach from time to time at Vanderbilt University. This semester is one of those times, and I’m looking forward to exploring the history and mathematics of … Continue reading Continue reading

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Opening Weekends and Total Movie Sales

by Ejebagom John Ojogbo, Omotoyosi Taiwo, and Tara Welytok
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Fall 2011 Update

Some of you reading this may be aware that I had planned to offer this first-year writing seminar again this fall. As much as I was looking forward to doing so, I’ve had to cancel the fall 2011 offering of … Continue reading Continue reading

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Enduring Understandings

Here are the photos I took of the “enduring understandings” you came up with during our final class today. Sorry they’re a bit blurry–the camera on my Droid wasn’t quite up to the challenge of capturing your handwriting! Should have … Continue reading Continue reading

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A Few Wikileaks Resources

Just a few links about Wikileaks relevant to our discussion today… “Columbia University Reverses Anti-Wikileaks Guidance” (Wired) – Last week, Columbia University advised its students not to say anything about Wikileaks online (like in Facebook status updates or blog posts) … Continue reading Continue reading

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Problem Set 8

Here’s your final problem set of the semester: Word and PDF. It’s due at the start of class on Thursday, December 9th.
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Reflections on Improving Writing from Your Peers

A couple of weeks ago, after returning your second essay to you, I asked you to reflect on ways you could improve as a writer based on the feedback you were given from me and from your peers on that … Continue reading Continue reading

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Resources from November 30th – Security and Privacy

I made a copy of the Prezi that you constructed as a class today exploring the security / privacy debate. I’m the only one who can edit this copy of the Prezi, so it will serve as a “snapshot” of … Continue reading Continue reading

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